Nice hosts Versailles in the Coupe de France semifinals. The match will be played on Tuesday, March 1st at Allianz Riviera (Nice)
Nice really looks good in the current season. The team is fighting for second place in the Ligue 1 standings. Let me remind you that now Christophe Galtier’s men are on the third line. They are only one point behind Marseille, which settled in the 2nd position. After Marseille, Lyon, and PSG were knocked out of the French Cup, Nice is one of the most likely contenders for victory. The Eaglets played four matches in the current draw and eliminated such opponents as Cholet (0-1), Paris/Olympique Lyon (a 3-0 forfeit defeat), Paris Saint-Germain (0-0 and a victory in penalty shootout), and Marseille (4-1).
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Versailles is the main discovery of the current French Cup. The team competes in the Championnat National 2 and is leading in the standings. However, everyone is well aware that it does not even make sense to compare the level of the leaders of Ligue 1 and the fourth tier of French football. It’s time to remember how and against whom Versailles played in the current French Cup draw. The team went through as many as seven rounds, eliminating such opponents as Neuilly-sur-Marne (0-1), Olympique Lambro (2-3), Poissy (1-0), Sarre Union (0-1), La Roche-sur-Yon (4-0), Toulouse (0-1), and Bergerac Perigord (1-1 and win on penalties).
In the last four cup home matches, Nice has never managed to keep a clean sheet. The last time this was done was in 2020. But with all due respect to the visitors, they are unlikely to get into the final. They will have to play against not just a strong team, but a team that managed to knock out the most likely contenders for winning the tournament (PSG and Marseille). I have no doubt that Christophe Galtier’s men are counting on winning the French Cup. In my opinion, the Eaglets should beat this opponent without any particular problems. They are simply stronger. I bet on the hosts to win with a -2 handicap.